Conversion of existing hotel to
6no. residential units including internal reconfiguration and
external alterations and changes to boundary treatment, and
construction of a detached three storey dwellinghouse on the site,
facing Aberdeen Road.
Ward: South Croydon
The officer presented details
of the planning application and in response to members’
questions explained that:
- The requirement for
storage space was the same for any new residential unit created.
There was no storage requirement for units 1 to 6 because it was
conversion scheme which made minor changes to the envelope of the
- There was work being
done internally to accommodate for the six units but given that the
weight was being given to the conversion scheme, officer found it
acceptable that the developer has not provided storage
- The units were
oversized, which compensated for the lack of private amenity space
and storage space provided.
- The London plan
policy T6.1 set out different residential units in comparison to
the PTAL. The site of the proposed development had a PTAL rating of
5 and London policy stated that if the area had a PTAL rating of 5
or 6 then it should be a car free development.
- The development was
in a controlled parking zone so there were powers to restrict
future occupiers from gaining parking permits which would also
reduce parking stress.
- There was no policy
protection for the hotel on the site, hence why the loss of the
hotel was deemed to be acceptable.
- The section 106
agreement would provide three years of car club membership per
unit. The sustainable transport contribution was £10,500 and
would contribute to the provision of car club bays in the
- As there would not be
any wheelchair accessible units in the development, there would be
no provision for disabled parking bays.
The removal of parking permits would exclude blue badge holder so
individuals need to use disabled bays in the area would be excluded
from the controlled parking zone (CPZ).
- There were three
CPZ’s in the area.
- The car club bays
could be provided across the borough and not just outside of the
Roger Maile spoke in objection to the application, Oliver Lazarus spoke in support of the
application and the ward Member Councillor Michael Neal addressed
the Committee with his view on the application. After the speakers
had finished, the committee began the deliberation, during which
they raised the following points:
- It was accepted that
there was no policy protecting the car park and for the land to
continue to host a hotel.
- There was some doubt
about the practicality of the car club.
- The house was policy
compliant but appeared to be squeezed into a tight
- Members wanted to
keep the fence at the same height and to replace any trees lost to
maintain privacy of residents.
- A car club would need
to be placed closer to the development.
- The 20m difference in
the space between the development and residential houses was an
increase and was welcomed.
- It was noted that the
application had been to pre application stage and the applicant had made sure to adhere to
the feedback provided.
- There was a need for
more family homes within the borough.
- There was some
concern of the shape of the house which appeared slightly
- There was still a
need for hotels however there was also a great need for more family
- There was some
concern over the size of some of the units which were smaller than
some members would have liked.
- The development did
not fit in with the character of the local area despite the scheme
being policy compliant.
The substantive motion to GRANT
the application based on the officer’s recommendation, in
addition to a condition relating to the requirement for full
details on the northern boundary treatment (the height of which
should be maintained), and the location of replacement trees along
the western boundary was proposed by Councillor Shortland. This was
seconded by Councillor Johnson.
The motion to grant the
application was taken to a vote and carried with 10 Members voting
in favour. The Committee RESOLVED to GRANT the application subject
to completion of a legal agreement for the development at
Hotel, 22 St Peter's Road, Croydon, CR0